Joseph Center's Homeless Service Center has provided a compassionate
response to the needs of homeless individuals and families in Venice,
Santa Monica and other West Los Angeles communities since 1981.
It is the hub of the Center's efforts to help people get off the
street into a safer and healthier environment.
Center starts by providing basic services. Here, homeless men and
women can make a reservation to eat at Bread and Roses Café,
do a load of laundry, take a shower and have access to phone and
mail service. Through meetings with our staff, they can also be
connected with emergency shelter, medical care, and mental health
and substance abuse treatment. They can also receive help with transportation
and advocacy to apply for government benefits.
who are ready to make long-term change may enroll in case management.
Service plans developed jointly by the individual and the case manager
assess each person's strengths and needs and lay out a pathway to
long-term stability and increased self-sufficiency by addressing
issues such as permanent housing, job training, employment and ongoing
With compassion, care and attention to the individual needs
of each person, homeless individuals are helped to move toward greater
health, safety and stability.
Volunteers at Homeless Service
Center provide many important services that support direct care
and free up staff to meet with clients. They may sort mail, distribute
clean clothes, greet participants with coffee or help participants
sign up for services. Most importantly, they can provide a smile
and a friendly word.